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OT: Google, Obama and Cannabis

Posted by J_72 
OT: Google, Obama and Cannabis
February 02, 2012 12:06PM
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/02/2012 03:21PM by J_72.
Re: OT: Google, Obama and Cannibus
February 02, 2012 01:45PM
Cannibus policy = the 3rd rail of national politricks.
Re: OT: Google, Obama and Cannibus
February 02, 2012 01:50PM
There's a global agreement between nations to keep certain drugs illegal, and cannabis is one. At best, we may see decriminalization for possession at some point in our lifetimes.
Re: OT: Google, Obama and Cannibus
February 02, 2012 01:58PM
I've said this before -- modifying cannabis policy on a national level will have to be a bottom-up effort. No politrickster that wants to continue "serving" the people will take the lead on this. The people must lead on this one, as they have on the state level. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a national referendum in this here republic.
Re: OT: Google, Obama and Cannibus
February 02, 2012 02:27PM
I know it's a bit simplistic and cliche, but true nonetheless... Follow the money. Not the nickles and dimes that FOLKS manage to scrape up, but the REAL money being made because cannabis is illegal. The picture becomes quite clear.
Re: OT: Google, Obama and Cannabis
February 03, 2012 10:59AM
LOL @ "dreadlock couch potato"

Search & seizure is much greater than some proposed two cent weed tax.

The hemp industry is the real threat to the existing infastructure.


Dream on about legalization
Re: OT: Google, Obama and Cannabis
February 03, 2012 12:11PM
I think if Obama gets a second term, more will be done. He's had a hard enough time with Republicans with his first term, so he's not going to act on it anytime soon. I will be curious if he at least lightens up a bit in his second term.

I agree about the reality of legalization, but I don't think it's just the government- there's a lot of big-time growers making too much non taxed income to support legalization.

Peace
Re: OT: Google, Obama and Cannabis
December 14, 2012 06:21AM
Recreational marijuana should not be top federal priority: Obama

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama says federal authorities should not target recreational marijuana use in two Western states where it has been made legal given limited government resources and growing public acceptance of the controlled substance.

His first comments on the issue come weeks after Washington state and Colorado voters supported legalizing pot, or cannabis, last month in ballot measures that stand in direct opposition of federal law.

"It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that under state law that's legal," he told ABC News in part of an interview released on Friday.

"At this point (in) Washington and Colorado, you've seen the voters speak on this issue. And, as it is, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions," Obama said.

The Department of Justice has said pot remains a federally controlled substance and states have been looking for guidance from Washington on how it will handle the conflict with state laws.

Medical use of the substance is legal in 18 U.S. states. But federal officials have still continued to crack down on some providers in those states.

Pot remains an illegal narcotic under U.S. law, but Washington and Colorado became the first states in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use on November 6. A similar effort in Oregon failed.

Obama called the situation "a tough problem, because Congress has not yet changed the law." He told ABC that "what we're going to need to have is a conversation about" how to reconcile federal and state laws, and that he has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to examine the issue.

In his 1995 memoir, "Dreams of My Father," Obama admitted to regularly smoking pot in high school. The father of two told ABC that he would not go so far as to say pot should be legalized altogether. There are also concerns about drug use in children and violence, he told ABC, according to its website.

"I want to discourage drug use," he added.

The new measures in Washington and Colorado, which already permit medical marijuana use, allow possession of up to an ounce of the substance for private use. They also will regulate and tax sales at special stores for those aged 21 and older.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Jackie Frank)
Re: OT: Google, Obama and Cannabis
December 14, 2012 07:37AM
Legal hemp will be grown and used far more widely than smoking cannabis, and will be the big changer for some industries, who will fight its legalization to protect their profits. But the positives from using hemp are so many. It would be more important for the feds to allow hemp as a start, and easier for much of the populace to get behind. But i'm feeling a swelling tide about cannabis, and i'm pretty excited and hoping we will see this on our ballot again soon.

Love that reggae!
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